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Inner Middle Head Battery walk
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.9 km E of Mosman
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 26 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 26 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

On this walk you will explore the historic northern or 'inner' Middle Head fortification battery. You can explore the trenches, tunnels and rooms of the fortifications on the less busy gun emplacements on Middle Head. The vegetation, water, cliff and harbour views are also spectacular and well worth spending a bit of time to carefully explore and soak up the sites. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Inner Middle Head Battery walk

Map of Walk

Location

Inner Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track notes
Map of Inner Middle Head Battery walk
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Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds
Int. Govenors Rd and Inner Forts Trk
Inner Forts intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

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Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Inner Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Inner Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Inner Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Inner Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 760m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
200m of this walk is flat with no steps and another 110m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (70m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
210m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 110m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (65m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 270m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 110m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 380m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 380m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 200m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 180m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead to Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 67 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
From the Cobblers Beach Trail track head (beside the car park[1] near the end of Middle Head Rd,
Mosman[2]), this walk heads to the very end of Middle Head Rd towards the sandstone wall[3]. After 50m the walk heads over the bridged 'Middle Head Moat'[4][5], then around the boom gate to come to a signposted intersection with 'Old Fort Rd' and 'Govenors Rd'[6]. (There is a public toilet[fac=8324] in the sandstone building the right)

(0.07 km) Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds to Int. Govenors Rd and Inner Forts Trk
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 137 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Govenors Rd' [7] and 'Soldiers Institute'[8] signs gently uphill along the sealed Governors Rd. The road leads uphill for 130m past a few historic barrack buildings to where the road bends (sharply right). Here the walk continues straight (gently downhill), across the gravel area (marked with an arrow post at the end of the white metal pole fence[9]).

(0.2 km) Int. Govenors Rd and Inner Forts Trk to Inner Forts intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 107 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Inner Middle Head Forts' sign[10] along the mostly flat dirt track (away from the road) for about 90m to come to an unsignposted intersection with another track and a sandstone fort (on the right).

(0.31 km) Inner Forts intersection to Disappearing Gun Pit North
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 70 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -18 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the clear dirt track[11] towards the distant water view between two long sandstone trenches[12]. After 60m this walk heads across the grassy section[13] to come to the top edge of the northern Disappearing Gun Pit[fac=8328][14][15] beside the ocean cliffs[16]. Take extra care as the ground slopes towards the gun pit and cliff edges - stay 2 body lengths back from any significant drop.

Inner Middle Head Battery Alt = 32 m
The inner Middle Head battery, is about 300m north of the main fortification area on Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. The area has a number of fortifications, tunnels and hiding gun placement[17][18]. There are trenches leading down to some tunnels. Some of the tunnels are locked [19] with horizontal bar gates to protect the nesting sites of microbats [20] that have taken up residence in the fortifications. The view of the harbour are stunning and the history interesting and worth exploring. Take great care around the cliffs and gun emplacements staying two full body lengths back from significant drops to avoid injury.

Catch the bus from Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 7.4 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 8.1 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 7.2 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 7.2 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 7.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Inner Middle Head Battery walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Inner Middle Head Battery walk
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
18 km (to the WNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 22 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 26 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 33 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 43 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
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% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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